Hi there! My name is Alexa and I’m a 25-year-old foodie living in Boston. I work full time and am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Gastronomy (the program was started by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin!) I’m a huge wine/beer enthusiast and I also love travelling the globe, baking anything sweet and I could do hot yoga or Zumba all day long. I can’t be trusted around cheese plates or Oreos. Also, if you have a dog, beware, I will ask you if I can pet him.
I grew up in a family full of foodies. Both of my parents have always worked in the restaurant business and everyone in my family is into kitchen gadgets more than sports and would rather go to a wine tasting than a movie. My great great uncle was Peter Luger, who started the famous Peter Luger’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn, New York. My mom finally lived a life-long dream of owning her own deli and became one of the most well-known businesses in our small town of Rhinebeck, New York. It was her homemade meals, soups and hospitality that did it. Our whole family worked there and we learned the ins and outs of food. I guess you could say it’s in my blood!
Most of my childhood, I never understood what was so great about being obsessed with food. Then, one summer, I started watching the Food Network and I became enveloped in all things cuisine. One day, I decided to make a homemade cherry pie. Yes, I haphazardly pitted all of the cherries by hand and made the dough from scratch. Although I was covered in flour and my hands looked like I had committed murder from all of the cherry juice, I loved it. From then on, I was hooked.
I am now so thankful for the eating habits instilled in me. I grew up with a mother who would make pretty much everything from scratch, and we always had the freshest ingredients and frozen meals were never part of our menu. I continued these values in my every day life, only eating fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, organic dairy and of course, throwing in my favorite indulgences when I crave them, attempting to follow the 80/20 rule. Hey, chocolate and brie are not leaving my diet anytime soon.
Along with my love of cooking, I enjoy trying new restaurants, exploring new places and keeping active. After dancing and playing piano all my life, I was dumbfounded when I got to college and had neither of my passions to keep me going. I rowed crew in high school, but didn’t really know what to do to stay active. I discovered yoga, which is one of my favorite ways to de-stress and work up a sweat. I’m also getting into running and
hoping to run my first 5k in the spring (!!!) ran my first 5k! I believe in being active, enjoying delicious meals, sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the moment.